Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Fleece And The Wheel

I have fallen down the rabbit hole and I am not looking for a way out.  Spinning wool fleece has become my new obsession....I hate to call it an obsession, as that can lead to losing interest.  You may remember the washing of the wool fleece in my last post.  In that greasy (lanolin) dirty fleece, a love developed.  

I have helped with the shearing of sheep.

local Sheep Farmer David Merchant
his daughter Lindsey

 There has been a parade of spinning wheels come through my front door.
First a JSW wheel, bought from a fellow spinner on Ravelry.  The wheel was pretty but we just did not get along, so I sold her, that happens with spinning wheels. 
 Next came the Ashford Kiwi, a new wheel and a keeper, we spend time together daily.

I found another wheel at an Antique Store:
An Ashford Traditional from the 70's, a little replacement of parts and she spun like a dream...did you know most wheels are girls?  But I really did not have room for 2 wheels so I sold her to a young man in Cincinnati.  (Hey Kyle, I hope you are well!)  I miss that wheel....

An auction brought me my next wheel:
Under lots of dirt and old finish a beauty emerged!  The wood appears to be walnut or maybe oak and she spins like a dream.  Currently she is for sale on Craigslist.

Now for the latest challenge:
 Late 1800's or early 1900's Canadian Production Wheel (CPW).
A previous repair, not a good one but it works.

 The maidens with leather to hold the flyer.

A CPW (Canadian Production Wheel), in rough condition, found on Craigslist. The last owner used her for decoration only and had the receipt from where she was purchased.  22 years of standing in a corner with nothing to do but look pretty.  There is a group on Ravelry devoted to this type of spinning wheel.  I am seeking out their guidance on how to proceed.

Have I spun any yarn....only about 100 miles of it!  The first few skeins were pretty scary but, now I am developing a feel for it and able to spin a smoother finer yarn.  Of course lumpy and bumby is good too, they call it "Art Yarn"!
My storage cabinet...a home for all things needed for spinning....well most of it!
 Wool yarn, I dyed the fibers.
 First attempts at spinning...always keep the "firsts" of new things you try.  One day you will be amazed at how far you have come.
 A wool (from a sheep down the street) spun single.
On the Kiwi Wheel
BFL roving spun into a single.  I will ply with the grey single above.
That has been my life for the past couple of months!

Love to all,
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